A couple of weeks ago, we shared our first two measures in reflecting on how we can improve Gaslight's programming and representation. One of those commitments was to kick start a dialogue among theatre artists in our community so that we can listen, learn, and tailor our actions to make local impact.
Our initial brainstorm led us to hosting a small discussion group from which we could then identify key focus areas to expand on in future forums. For proper social distancing, we wanted to hold this discussion outside with the intention of recording and sharing to a larger audience. We finally found a sunny day (still with a surprise thunderstorm the moment we started!) and immediately launched into an almost two-hour discussion.
Because of the length, we felt it was best to break up the discussion into smaller "episodes" for our audiences to watch at convenient times throughout their day. We have a working list of future topics, but as we share these episodes, we invite others to please reach out to us (send us an email at email@example.com) if you'd like to be involved!
As we share these videos on our social media platform, we'll also update the links here:
Roundtable: Equity in NEPA Theatre Part 1
Roundtable: Equity in NEPA Theatre Part 2
Gaslight Theatre Company is committed to making our theatre community better and strongly stands with #blacklivesmatter. But we know saying it is not enough.
Our board has been having a lot of conversations this past week about how we can support our community immediately and improve as a company. And while we have brainstormed a list of actions, they have been created in our own vacuum.
We believe the first thing we need to do is listen. With that in mind, we are pledging two initial things:
We know there is much more we can do in terms of inclusivity on our board, within our play selection, and with outreach. But we truly want to develop a specific and actionable plan to make that happen, which will be our primary objective at our Board Meeting this month. And we want to hold ourselves accountable and pledge to share a more detailed plan by July 1.
While we’re excited to be fundraising for our own cause, we’re simultaneously grappling with how we can do more to support our community. With that in mind, we’ll be re-directing 25% of all money raised during #NEPAGives this Friday to the Peace and Justice Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s not enough, but we hope that while we have this platform, we can do as much good as we can.
We are very excited to be participating in the NEPA Gives event, a one-day online giving extravaganza that's all about giving back to our community. As you might know, we were displaced from our home almost two years ago and have spent this time diligently searching for a new one, and Friday’s effort is now the launching pad of our renewed fundraising initiative: #GaslightGoesDowntown, which you can read more about on our giving page. We hope you’ll consider donating any amount (seriously, even $10 is amazing!) to help us secure our new home in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Learn more at: peaceandjusticecenter.com
Giving page: nepagives.org/organizations/gaslight